/ Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Editor’s Note: Please welcome to the blog team Alyssa Wiseman!  Alyssa will be our Disney shopping expert and will be covering all kinds of magical merchandise.  You can find her columns appearing twice a month on Thursdays, on weeks opposite the WDW Radio Exchange.  Welcome to the team, Alyssa!


by Alyssa Wiseman

shopDisney Profile PictureMy name is Alyssa Wiseman (most of you might also know me as ajwiseman09 in The Box and on Twitter), and I reside in central Indiana.  I owe my love of Disney to my husband, Brandon, as the research, podcast listening, and constant traveling began when he proposed to me in 2008!  We honeymooned in the World and since then, have been lucky to travel there about 3 times a year.

Our touring is quite easy for now, being just the two of us, we are able to get around the parks quickly (we don’t have to worry about strollers or potty breaks), but also focus on a slower approach toCouple being in the parks.  We usually begin our park days in a rush to get the headliners down, then we just walk around and take in the atmosphere (and eat!).

Through WDW Radio I have been fortunate enough to meet several amazing friends and this past fall was excited to physically meet and hug some of them.  We were on the WDW Radio 2.0 cruise and had quite an amazing time.  I am sad that we will not be cruising with everyone in November, but am really looking forward to traveling to California and Disneyland for the first time.  We are taking the week before the D23 Expo to tour Disneyland, surrounding Disney-related locations, and then attend the Expo.

I am thrilled to be joining the WDW Radio blogging team and add some perspective into Disney merchandising and products, as the Disney Shopper.  I am constantly shopping at Disney (and online) for any Alyssa with Lounew merchandise that I might be able to add to my collection or even wardrobe.

I think my favorite product to buy at WDW would be the antenna toppers that they sell throughout property!  I admit that I have an entire bag full of them and regularly change the current one to be related to the season or my mood!  And don’t worry, I will be sure to include them in a future blog post.

My posts will focus on Disney merchandise sold in the parks, in Disney stores, and in other retail markets.  I will provide reviews of products, if they are affordable, and to whom they are marketed.  My posts will conclude with different rating scales following each description of the item.

Please let me know of any products that you would like reviewed to for me to discuss.  I will do my best and research the information that is available and, if possible, locate the product in the store to physically be able to get a good idea of what it offers.  I am also planning on doing reviews of new products I am able to find while traveling to WDW (and DL when there in August).  And, like my first post, if there is a press release about merchandising, I will be doing Breaking News articles as well.



11 thoughts on “Do You Like Disney Merchandise? Do We Have News for You!”

  1. Monique says:

    Happy to make your acquaintance, Alyssa!! I’m excited to see what great products you are going to be covering through this blog. I would love to find out more about the new makeup line called “Beautifully Disney”. I have purchased some of the beauty products from Disney, but it didn’t have a great shelf life.

    Also, would you be covering merchandise sold through Etsy or other online carriers? If so you have a great plethera of items to cover.

    Can’t wait to see your first covered product!

  2. Nancy says:

    What a great idea! I’m looking forward to your help—-my new personal shopper! 🙂

  3. Caitlin Corsello says:

    Welcome to the team, Alyssa! I can’t wait to read more about Disney merchandise!

  4. Vicky Davis says:

    I live in California and we do not have access to all the WDW merchandise. I am looking for the beaker mug that they sell in WDW. Do you know how I can get one? My daughter is a chemistry major and will be turning 21 this June and would like to get her one? Any ideas ?

  5. Mark says:

    Alyssa, Congrats and welcome!!

  6. Debbie says:

    Love Disney hauls! Will you be showing your hauls on Youtube also? Im a handbag hoarder and would love to know about any new Disney handbags.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Hi Alyssa! I have been so confused about the new disney ears each month? My sister in law was there and asked her to pick one up for me and NO ONE in any park knew what she was talking about! Have you seen them? Where?

  8. Linda Raymond says:

    HI,,and welcome,,,,anything having to do with DISNEY shoppng, is going to be great to read,,,,,,looking forward to all your info,,,,,

  9. Jodi says:

    I missed the opportunity to buy a MK park mug (non-refillable but looks like the resort refillable mugs; ~$5.00). The one in particular is of the “Fab Five” riding in teacups. I have been told that they aren’t available anymore but if anyone has one & would like to sell, contact me! 😀

  10. Alyssa (ajwiseman09) says:

    Hello everyone! Thank you all for the kind words and questions!
    Let me see if I can answer some of your questions:

    Monique: I have also heard about this new line of products and look forward to trying them. We are going back to the world the end of May and I plan to purchase some and then do a post. I hope this isn’t asking you to wait too long! If you hear anything else before then, please let me know.

    Nancy and Caitlin: I very much look forward to new posts and being your personal shopper!

    Vicky: I have not seen this mug, does it have the WDW logo on it?? One thing that you could try is calling the Disney merchandise line (877-560-6477) to see if they can help you. I can keep my eye out when I am down there, but I won’t be going until May. Technically the Disney merchandise by phone should be able to help you find anything that they carry on property. Please let me know if I can help you further while I am traveling down there.

    Debbie: I don’t know about doing any shopping videos (mostly just pictures for now), but I also am a handbag/tote lover and will keep my eyes out for any good ones. See my previous post about the Disney/Vera Bradley merger.

    Suzanne: I did a little online research (since I live in Indiana and can’t get to the parks) and what I found is that they are called: MousekeEars. The Disney blog releases which ears they are selling each month and you can also look on the Limited Time Magic website for the monthly releases as well. However, you can also buy them online at the disney parks store. Just do a search for the MousekeEars and that should take you to the correct store. I just attempted to look some up and there are still some available.

    Linda: Thank you very much. I look forward to finding new products.

    If any of you want to follow me on twitter: ajwiseman09, I am always on there and can answer questions. I will also keep following up on the comments.

  11. Welcome to the team! We chat so much with each other in the box, now we have something even more to talk about! Just a tip I thought of while reading this: Hot topic sells DIsney stuff sometimes! You would never think of it, but it is a very accessible store which is more often in a shopping mall when a Disney Store might not be! And you can find their stuff online for your posts!
    I can’t wait to read more! I love shopping!